Flintoff & Dunn's NEWS ARCHIVE

It is intended that this page will maintain a historical record of previous news published on this site. From time to time we will archive old or outdated news on our "WHAT'S NEW" & "AUSSIES IN THE US LEAGUES" pages. It may interest some people to read the developments in chronological order right here.



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Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks


Grant Balfour

A season of variable success continued to fluctuate for Aussie star LIAM HENDRIKS who struck out eight Cleveland Indians' hitters, but he also allowed eight hits while trying to put some ice on a hot hitting team that were already in stride and heading toward a big 12-6 win over his Minnesota Twins. For the second time in as many starts Liam was handed the "poisoned chalice" of trying to pitch in long relief after the Twins' starter had already set the opposing team alight and, while he battled manfully, he couldn't quite manage to stop the bleeding this time with 4.2ip 8h 5er 2bb 8k (6.85ERA).
T5:  Hendriks took over for the top of the fifth with his team already in a deep 1-7 hole and, although he issued a deadly leadoff walk and a one out double to Asdrubal Cabrera, he still had two outs before Mike Aviles drove in a pair of runs with his two RBI single into right field.
T6: Liam fanned both Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis to nullify Nick Swisher's one out single in a scoreless frame.
T7: Two more strike outs of Ryan Raburn and Yan Gomes again negated Asdrubal Cabrera's one out single.
T8: A hint of ill fortune for Hendriks when Drew Stubbs reached on a leadoff infield single, but he once again had two outs in the inning before Stubbs was driven in via a RBI double from Kipnis.
T9: When Drew Stubbs clocked a two run homer on a full count with two out in the inning this brought and end to Liam's work for the day.

More experienced Australian reliever GRANT BALFOUR pitched a nice 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 3k (2.63ERA) in a non-save situation for the Oakland Athletics who steamed past the Seattle Mariners 8-2. Grant struck out dangerous Seattle hitters Kendrys Morales, Raul Ibanez and Michael Saunders all swinging to make light of a one out walk issued to Justin Smoak. It was very decisive stuff from 'Balf' on this occasion.

Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour
Australia's All Star reliever GRANT BALFOUR is being nursed carefully toward the end of a long and demanding season, but he needed some work in what was a non-save situation for the Oakland Athletics who doubled the Los Angeles Angels 10-5.
Grant called upon three punch outs to neutralise a pair of walks with his 1.0ip 0h 0er 2bb 3k (2.67ERA) outing in the bottom of the ninth. After striking out the Angels' big free agent signing Josh Hamilton, Balfour walked Mark Trumbo on a full count, then pinch hitter Chris Ianetta walked on four pitches. If there was any wobble it didn't last for long when 'Balf' responded by fanning J.B Shuck and pinch hitter Hank Conger to end the blowout game.
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks
The Minnesota Twins had few reasons to celebrate their 1-9 hammering at the heavy hands of the tough Oakland Athletics, but one young man who certainly grabbed his opportunity to take a major positive step from the game was Australia's LIAM HENDRIKS. After the Twins starting pitcher Pedro Hernandez was swamped for six runs from eight hits over just two innings for an early shower, a golden opportunity arose for Hendriks to climb back on the horse that had bucked him severely in his previous start. Demonstrating terrific resilience, Liam wasn't about to squander his chance as he applied some brakes to the A's runaway locomotive while navigating the remaining six innings to relieve Minnesota's bullpen.
B3: After a leadoff double from Josh Reddick, Liam struck out Michael Choice while posting a relieving scoreless inning for the Twins.
B4: This time Jed Lowrie nailed a leadoff double but again Liam fought back to retire the next three batters for another zero on the line score.
B5: Two pop ups were followed by a two out single from Michael Choice. There was no further movement on the bases when Hendriks struck out Daric Barton on three pitches to end the inning.
B6: A one out infield single by Jed Lowrie and a throwing error on the play failed to rattle the Aussie who responded to strike out star hitters Josh Donaldson and Yoenis Cespedes for another blank frame.
B7: A small stumble for Liam when Alberto Callaspo's leadoff single was followed in quick succession by Kurt Suzuki's two run jack over left field. His one and only walk in the game amounted to nothing when Liam polished off the inning with Choice called out on strikes, Barton flying out to left and Chris Young struck out swinging.
B8: Hendriks posted his seventh strike out victim when Josh Donaldson was the second out of the inning, but there was one more shot in the Oakland locker when powerhouse Home Run Derby King Yoenis Cespedes homered over left field.
In all it was a tremendous bounce-back performance from Hendriks who finished with the line of 6.0ip 8h 3er 1bb 7k (6.54ERA) which was made even better by the circumstances he faced.
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks
Baseball devotees all understand that no pitcher, no matter how good, is immune from the occasional horror outing - and so it was for young Aussie starter LIAM HENDRIKS when he simply couldn't seem to do much right. There is simply no way to "sugar coat" his nightmare 0.2ip 5h 7er 3bb 0k which was an uncharacteristic performance against the unpredictable Chicago White Sox who had a day out with a 12-1 win over Liam's Minnesota Twins. Even his usual "strike throwing mentality" could find no love from the plate umpire as his major league record slipped to 1-3, 6.87ERA. On this occasion we will spare our Australian lad from detailing the carnage step by painful step. It started badly, as it obviously did, when Hendriks lost a full count battle to the leadoff batter who legged out an unconvincing infield single and a full count walk followed. Connor Gillaspie poked a RBI single into left and veteran Paul Konerko blooped another RBI single into shallow right all before he got Adam Dunn to fly out for the first out. Viciedo and Beckham kept the scoreboard ticking for the 'Pale Hose' with RBI singles before his second out was in the bank with Bryan Anderson popping out to short. Unfortunately a bad day ended ingloriously for our man when a full count walk pushed across a fifth run. It often never rains unless it pours and, yes, there was no surprise when all of Hendriks' base runners were cashed in after he departed to further spoil his day… ahhh baseball, don't you just love it!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour



Travis Blackley

As the playoffs loom for both he and his Oakland Athletics, Australian closer GRANT BALFOUR simply continues to rack up saves with his 38th of the season coming today in the tightest of 1-0 wins over the sputtering Texas Rangers. Grant threw ten of 17 pitches for strikes with a line of 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 1k (2.50ERA). Pitching to a highly experienced part of the Texas lineup, he had A.J Pierzynski pop out to the catcher and pinch hitter Lance Berkman to line out to left before issuing a full count walk to Mitch Moreland. Balfour finished in decisive fashion with David Murphy called out on strikes after seeing the minimum three pitches.

Veteran Aussie side-armer PETER MOYLAN was just one of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers to take some lumps when they were amazingly smashed 3-19 by their traditional rivals San Francisco Giants. In context Pete's 2.0ip 4h 3er 0bb 0k (6.75ERA) perhaps should not be judged so harshly because the Giants hitters were obviously seeing the ball and riding a wave of confidence by the time he entered the game with one on and nobody out in the top of the seventh. It started quite brilliantly when he had Hunter Pence ground into a double play after battling a full count and 'Kung Fu Panda' Pablo Sandoval ground out to second on the first pitch he saw. In the top of the eighth things didn't go nearly so smoothly when Ehire Adrianza flied out to centre field, then Nick Noonan and Johnny Monell applied some pressure with back-to-back singles. The second out was in the books when Francisco Peguero flied out to left, but he failed to escape when Gregor Blanco punched a RBI single into right field and Brandon Belt followed with a two RBI double to deep left field. Pete polished off the inning with Roger Kieschnick grounding out to the second baseman.

Yesterday, Aussie ace TRAVIS BLACKLEY worked a clean inning for the Texas Rangers during their narrow 8-9 loss to the Oakland Athletics with a very tidy 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (4.83ERA). Travis took good care of the top of the eighth with Brandon Moss grounding out to second, Alberto Callaspo lining out to left and Chris Young struck out swinging.
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Experienced Aussie reliever PETER MOYLAN kept his arm in work by mopping up the final inning for the Los Angeles Dodgers at the end of their 1-4 defeat by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Pete threw nine of eleven pitches for strikes as he was obviously pounding the strike zone with 1.0ip 2h 0er 0bb 0k (5.68ERA) and the couple of hits he allowed hardly mattered. Moylan was summoned to take over in the top of the ninth, after the 'Snakes' leadoff batter had just walked on four pitches. After two quick strikes the base runner was erased when he was caught stealing just before he had the batter, A.J Pollock, popped out to the second baseman for the second out. Back-to-back singles to Willie Bloomquist and Paul Goldschmidt amounted to nothing when Pete got former Atlanta team mate Martin Prado to ground into a fielder's choice to the third baseman.
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks


idi Gregorius

Young Aussie starting pitcher LIAM HENDRIKS may not have pocketed a win for himself, but he certainly anchored his Minnesota Twins to a meritorious 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Target Field. Liam's 96 pitch outing ended with the line of 5.1ip 7h 3er 0bb 6k (5.25ERA) and it was only toward the end of his pitch count that he was tagged for those runs.
T1: Hendriks began with a tidy three up and three down, including the four pitch strike out of Josh Donaldson.
T2: Game remains 0-0 as Liam strikes out Brandon Moss and home run derby king Yeonis Cespedes as the first two outs of another 1-2-3 inning.
T3: This time Liam preserves a 1-0 lead while again facing the minimum three hitters. He also struck out another pair with Josmil Pinto and Oswaldo Arcia both fanned after battling long counts.
T4: Hendriks' "Perfecto" is snapped by leadoff batter Coco Crisp who poked a single up the middle, but Liam took down the next three Oakland batters, including the second punch puts of Donaldson and Moss.
T5: After such a commanding start to the game lightning struck all too quickly when his first pitch in the fifth struck Cespedes to march him to first base, then his second pitch to Alberto Callaspo disappeared over the right field fence for a two run homer and a 2-1 lead for the A's. Another single to Stephen Vogt later in the inning amounted to nothing when he was caught stealing an Hendriks mopped up the inning.
T6: A leadoff single from Josh Donaldson was later cashed in by Yeonis Cespedes with a one out single after Moss had been hit by a pitch to set up the scoring opportunity. Before that he had posted his sixth strike out when he made Jed Lowrie his only victim in the sixth.
Although he departed with the Twins trailing 1-3 in a tight game, the good news was that he was taken from the hook of a loss when his team rallied to take the win.

Recent ABL import DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) launched his seventh home run of the season while batting 1-4 (.260) for the Arizona Diamondbacks who fell 3-5 to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Seasoned Australian reliever was back in baseball's "big top" throwing exactly three pitches for strikes to strike out the only batter he faced during his Los Angeles Dodgers narrow 2-3 defeat by the Cincinnati Reds. Pete pitched a conclusive 0.1ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (6.17ERA) after replacing Dodgers' starter Chris Capuano who had to depart early with two out in the bottom of the second. With his team leading 2-0 at the time, Pete inherited a 1-1 count on Zach Cozart who he struck out swinging to end the inning. We can't really explain to you why Moylan did not return to at least pitch into the next inning after such an early departure from their starting pitcher, especially as he was replaced by another righty Stephen Fife?
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks


David Ross

Australian starting pitcher LIAM HENDRIKS may not have been at his sharpest, but he was also hurt by sloppy defence when he took a no-decision after pitching 4.1ip 8h 5r 3er 2bb 3k (5.28ERA) for the Minnesota Twins in their 5-6 defeat by the Houston Astros.
B1: As can often happen most of his trouble came early even after he opened the game by fanning leadoff man Jonathan Villar for the first out. Jose Altuve followed with a two strike single and then found himself at second base via a fielding on a fielder's choice play. A run was on the board when Brett Wallace thumped a RBI double into deep left centre after working a full count. Hendriks toiled for another full count on Chris Carter, but he eventually walked to load the bases with just one out. The Astros again made Liam battle for another full count before Marc Krauss punched a RBI single into right field. Recent ABL import BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) continued the pain when he lifted a sacrifice fly after taking two strikes. A tedious 39 pitch opening frame ended mercifully when L.J Hoes flied out to right field.
B2: Hendriks re-grouped very well to pitch a scoreless inning, even after Jonathan Villar threatened again with a one out double to deep left centre.
B3: Again Liam had to deal with a runner in scoring position after Chris Carter singled and Marc Krauss walked with one out in the inning. He shut down the threat with L.J Hoes struck out swinging to end the inning.
B4: The Twins had battled back to tie the game 3-3 but, unfortunately, Hendriks couldn't keep it there after Jose Altuve smacked a two out double and Trevor Crowe followed with a RBI single.
B5: The pressure continued when Chris Carter reached on an infield single and, after stealing second, he later scored on Brandon Barnes RBI single just following Liam's departure from the mound.

Backup catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) was just one of many hitters for the Boston Red Sox when he batted 1-2 (.198) in their amazing 20-4 massacre of the Detroit Tigers in a battle of the American League division leaders.
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour

Brandon Barnes

The beat simply goes on for Australian closer GRANT BALFOUR who collected his 36th save while helping his Oakland Athletics to close in on a post season berth with their 4-2 win over their chief division rivals the Texas Rangers. Grant did his job once again with 1.0ip 1h 0er 1bb 0k (2.47ERA) to tuck away the top of the ninth inning with no inroads into his team's 4-2 lead. It started shakily with a dangerous four pitch walk to leadoff hitter David Murphy and the winning run was promptly to the plate when Leonys Martin singled into left centre. Jurikson Profar advanced the tying runs into scoring position with a ground out to the first baseman, but Balfour hung tough to kill off the threat in short order. With just two more pitches he got tough hitters Ian Kinsler to fly out to right field and Adrian Beltre to ground out to the third baseman… over and out!

As the first import from the current ABL era, Houston Astros' outfielder BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) has steadily established himself at the major league level. However, he may not have too many (or any?) better days than his recent offensive spree for the Astros in their 6-9 loss to the Minnesota Twins. Barnes batted 3-4 (.245) with a walk and his seventh homer of the season to drive in five of Houston's six runs. His team mate CODY CLARK (Brisbane Bandits 2013) batted 0-4 and he is still yet to open his hits account in the big leagues.

Barnes wasn't the only recent ABL import to homer when he was matched by DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) who launched his sixth long ball of the year in a forlorn 4-10 hammering from the Toronto Blue Jays. Didi batted 1-2 (.261) with two RBIs.






idi Gregorius

Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Grant Balfour

Travis Blackley

David Ross

It may not have been clinical, but it was still save number 35 for Australia's GRANT BALFOUR when his 1.0ip 2h 1er 1bb 0k (2.52ERA) was good enough to preserve the Oakland Athletics' skin tight 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. After getting Matt Joyce to fly out to right field for the vital first out, Grant saw a runner in scoring position when young star Wil Myers cracked a full count pitch for a double to deep right field. The go-ahead run came to the plate when James Loney battled for a full count walk but just one pitch later the second out was in the books when Jose Lobaton lined out to the second baseman. Myers advanced to third on a wild pitch, then scored on Desmond Jennings RBI single up the middle. Again Balfour needed just one pitch to put an end to the drama when Kelly Johnson grounded out to the first baseman.

Australia's left handed starter TRAVIS BLACKLEY took his second loss today when his 4.1ip 8h 3er 0bb 4k was not quite good enough to anchor the Texas Rangers who lost 2-4 to the Minnesota Twins.
T1: After a leadoff single from Alex Presley, Travis rode the tightrope to escape unscathed when the lead runner was thrown out trying to score at home plate for the second out on Brian Dozier's double to deep centre field. He fanned Josh Willingham to end the frame.
T2: Again Blackley had the leadoff runner aboard when Trevor Plouffe single to left, but he was erased when Chris Colabello grounded into a double play to the short stop.
T3: The score remained 0-0 when 'Trav' pitched a neat 1-2-3 inning that ended with Alex Presley struck out swinging on three sharp pitches.
T4: Another leadoff runner when Darin Matroianni singled into right. Following a stolen base and a wild pitch, Mastroianni was perched on third when Blackley struck out Willingham again and then got Plouffe to ground out to the third baseman.
T5: After Texas had scored the opening run of the game Blackley ran into strife when Chris Colabello waited out a full count before his leadoff single. Josmil Pinto tied the score with his one out RBI double to deep left field and Doug Bernier put the 'Twinkies' ahead with his ground rule double to right field. A third successive hit from Alex Presley plated another run to bring out the hook for our man.

Veteran backup catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted a useful 2-3 (.195) with a double and a walk to help the Boston Red Sox to whack the Chicago White Sox 7-2.

BRANDON BARNES (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) also batted 2-3 (.237) for the Houston Astros who went down 1-3 to the Seattle Mariners.

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